Is Driving a Green Car Safer for Your Kids?
For any mom or dad driving their children around to soccer practice or just to school, auto crashes are always a concern. According to an insurance industry study, the good news is that hybrid cars are 25% better at protecting drivers and passengers from injuries in accidents as compared to standard vehicles. So your children might just be safer in a greener vehicle.
The reasoning by the insurance industry study is that hybrid cars are heavier than standard engine automobiles. And in vehicle on vehicle collisions, larger and heavier vehicles always have the winning edge. It's like when your kids run into you all excited when you pick them up at school, they are the ones who usually get hurt.
The author of the report, Matt Moore, vice president of the Highway Data Loss Instituted says that the 10% extra mass in hybrid cars gives hybrid vehicles an advantage over the nearly identical vehicles with standard engines. He reasons that other factors may contribute to the safety of hybrid vehicles safety such as the the fact that wealthier, older people that drive hybrid vehicles are often more careful drivers.
The study estimates the chances that a crash would cause physical injuries for people riding in a hybrid car versus people riding in a standard vehicle of the same make and model. The study includes more than 25 hybrid-standard vehicle comparisons made from the year 2003-2011, with at least 1 collision claim and at least 1 related personal injury claim filed under personal injury protection or medical payment coverage in 2002-2010.
So the next time you are shopping for a safe car, you should think about getting a green car.